New BMW 3 Series Wagon Not Coming to the U.S.
If you were considering buying a brand new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon based on the recently introduced G20 generation, you’re sadly out of luck. Well, if you live in America, anyway, as a G20 wagon will still be offered in Europe and other markets.
A report published today by CarBuzz suggests that there are no plans for the marque to bring such a long-roof version here, and a BMW North America spokesman confirmed the model’s fate to our colleagues at Automobile. “The existing 3 Series Sports Wagon in 330i xDrive guise will be the last opportunity for anyone [in the U.S.] to order and take delivery of a 3 Series Sports Wagon.”
In the U.S., that model packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. With crossover SUVs all the rage, the station wagon in general seems to be going the way of the manual transmission. Both remain popular with a cadre of hardcore enthusiasts—like us—but we were told last year that the wagon accounted for only 4 percent of all 3 Series sales, trailing the sedan and even Gran Turismo variants.
If you don’t grab an F31-generation wagon before they’re gone, the best options moving forward for a smaller, liftgate-equipped vehicle at BMW will be the X1, X2, and X3 crossovers—or a pre-owned wagon, of course. We have enjoyed spending time in the small and spunky X2, and the raucous BMW X3 M40i as well, but neither is a station wagon.
The upcoming seventh-generation 3 Series is lighter, longer, and wider than before, and BMW promises it will also be more fun to drive. The sedan version goes on sale in March starting at $41,195. Our First Drive review of the 2019 3 Series sedan publishes tomorrow, so be sure to check back.
via MotorTrend https://www.motortrend.com
December 11, 2018 at 01:29AM